jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 19th January 2022





Yesterday 18th January 2022 was Winnie the Pooh Day. Here to celebrate in retrospect are 30 facts and numbers. I do enjoy Winnie the Pooh. He and his mates, particularly Eeyore and Tigger have some great philosophies in life.

 1              1882 – Jan. 18 is Winnie-the-Pooh day, in honour of creator A.A. Milne’s birthday. He was born on this day in 1882.

2              1924/1925.  – The first-ever illustration of the character was drawn by Ernest Howard Shephard in 1924. The illustration was featured in a book of poetry called When We Were Very Young, written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H Shephard. It wasn’t until 1925 when the bear was published alongside the name Winnie-The-Pooh. This illustration appeared in a Christmas story that was published in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve.

3              1925 – The name “Winnie-the-Pooh” first appeared in print in a Christmas story by Milne, published in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve, 1925.

4              1928, – this was followed by his next series titled The House at Pooh Corner

5              1930- In 1930 Stephen Slesinger acquired all rights of Winnie The Pooh, for use in the US and Canada from A.A Milne. Disney’s licensing agent Stephen Slesinger,help Disney adapt the original stories of Pooh to create features that lead to a miniseries.

6              35,000 – Winnie-the-Pooh was published on Oct. 14, 1926 and was an immediate success, selling 35,000 copies in the U.K.

7              150,000 –  and over 150,000 copies in the U.S.

8              4 – As well as Pooh, Christopher Robin had 4 more stuffed animals, a stuffed donkey, which would inspire Eeyore; a stuffed pig, which would inspire Piglet; a stuffed Kangaroo, which would inspire Roo; and a stuffed tiger, which would inspire Tigger.

9              50 – Winnie-the-Pooh has been translated in over 50 languages, including Catalan, Thai, Esperanto and Latin.

10           2 – The Hundred Acre Wood characters Owl and Rabbit were the only two that weren’t inspired by Christopher Robin’s toys. Instead their characters came from real animals on Cotchford Farm, the Milnes’ property in Sussex.

11           1969 – The Cotchford Farm estate was later bought by Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. He died in the swimming pool there in 1969

12           50 million – Over 50 million copies of the Winnie-the-Pooh books have been sold worldwide.

13           750,000 – Kept in their bulletproof display case at the New York Public Library, Christopher Robin’s original plush Pooh toys see about 750,000 visitors per year. They are extremely fragile and their environment is consistently monitored for temperature, relative humidity and light levels.

14           1930s – The only original toy you can’t see at the New York Public Library is Roo. Christopher Robin Milne lost it sometime in the 1930s in an apple orchard.

15           2nd – Forbes magazine has ranked Winnie-the-Pooh as the second most valuable children’s character in the world, after Mickey Mouse.

16           13,213 – The Guinness World Record for the largest “Pooh and Friends memorabilia collection” is held by Deb Hoffmann, from Wisconsin. Hoffmann received her first Winnie-the-Pooh when she was two years old, and as of the record-setting date in 2015, she had amassed 13,213 Pooh items.

17            £3.75 billion – Thanks to an epic merchandising empire, Winnie-the-Pooh is estimated to be worth £3.75 billion annually ($6.3 billion CAD). In comparison, the Queen is estimated to be worth about £350 million annually ($588 million CAD).

18           100 – The 100 Acre Woods are almost as famous as Pooh himself, and inspired by Ashdown Woods, East Sussex. In real life, they’re actually 500 acres, so much bigger than Pooh’s woods! AA Milne lived near the woods, which Christopher Robin would often explore, and he incorporated them into the books. Today you can visit the woods and see several signposts showing where some of the stories are set.

19           2006 – In 2006, Winnie the Pooh received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

20           1951 – In 1951, Christopher Milne, the muse behind Christopher Robin, opened the Harbour Bookshop in Dartmouth with his wife Lesley.

21           1932 – Winnie The Pooh didn’t always wear red. Winnie The Pooh is known to wear his iconic red t-shirt, but he wasn’t always so well dressed.  The red t-shirt was added when the rights to the character were bought by Disney. In 1932 the first color drawing by Slesinger was seen by the public and this is where Pooh’s iconic red t-shirt came from.

22           1961 – In 1961 Walt Disney Productions adapted the Winnie The Pooh stories.

23           1926 – Both the Queen and Winnie The Pooh were born the same year, 1926.

24           1986 – Winnie The Pooh Day 18th January, has been celebrated from as early as 1986, where people would read his stories, eat lots of honey and get cosy watching one of his films.

25           1.2 million – For the 1968 film adaptation Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Disney artistes used 1.2 million pencils.

26           100,000 – For the 1968 film adaptation Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Disney artistes drew 100,000 drawings.

27           44,250 – The Puffin book ‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H Shepherd contains 44.250 words and 161 pages.

28           28,000 – The Egmont Books Limited book Winnie the Pooh Book, ‘Now We Are Six’ by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H Shepherd contains 28,000 words and 112 pages.

  1. $30 million – Budget $30 million for Winnie the Pooh a 2011 American animated adventure musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the eponymous novel created by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. The 51st animated film produced by the studio,[a] the film is a revival of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh franchise and the fifth theatrical Winnie the Pooh film released.
  2. $50.1 million – Box office for above movie at #29.     $50.1 million

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



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